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The Scoop - Monday August 9, 2021

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FCS Top 25: Defending champion Sam Houston, crowned all of two and a half months ago, begins its title defense as the No. 1 team in the country

15 Most Important: Bryan Harsin and Auburn took risks on each other. Harsin took a different kind of risking in picking Mike Bobo to run his offense

Kent State: Per a report this afternoon, Sean Lewis has signed an extension at Kent State.

Grad assistants: The NCAA has provided a blanker waiver for a fourth year for grad assistants in 2021. More on that move and others that impact grad assistants here

Notre Dame: The Irish dropped their uniforms ahead of the 10th Shamrock Series game next month against Wisconsin

Kentucky: This morning at trial following a recent arrest, wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight pleaded guilty to speeding and open container charges but was not charged with a DUI.

Lane Kiffin: The Lane Train is on a mission to lose weight; putting his money where his mouth was...

Arizona State: The program has placed two more coaches on administrative leave.

Western Kentucky: Former South Alabama video coordinator Chase Bitowf has joined the WKU staff in the same capacity source tells FootballScoop. 

Peyton Manning: Peyton's Hall of Fame enshrinement speech was fantastic.

Defiance (D-III - OH): The program has hired Quintin Jones as their new defensive coordinator / defensive line coach. Jones has prior college coaching experience at Brown, Ohio Wesleyan, Limestone College and Western New Mexico.

West Alabama (D-II): The University of West Alabama football has an immediate opening for an Offensive Graduate Assistant. Please email dterry@uwa.edu if interested. Graduate School and a stipend are included.

University of Chicago (D-III - IL): A MAC staffer is leaving to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Chicago.

Virginia Tech: Athletic Director Whit Babcock has received a 5-year contract extension through June of 2029.

West Alabama (D-II): West Alabama football has an immediate opening for an Offensive Graduate Assistant. Please email dterry@uwa.edu if interested. Graduate School and a stipend are included.

Tennessee: The University of Tennessee is looking to hire an On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator. This position will help with all on-campus visits both official and unofficial, help with the admissions process and initial eligibility for all incoming football prospects, and assist with day-to-day operations of the Recruiting Department. This is a full-time position with benefits and will report to the Director of Recruiting. Interested applicants should send their resume to abrumme1@utk.edu.

Georgia: With special teams coordinator Scott Cochran dealing with some health issues, Will Muschamp is stepping into an on-the-field role at UGA.

First name, or "coach": This has been an issue with Deion Sanders and Jason Garrett now, so we created a solution. The definitive list of everyone that should be calling coaches "Coach"

Lake Forest (D-III - IL): head coach Jim Catanzaro has announced the following additions to the coaching staff: former Tufts University co-defensive coordinator Randy Wright as defensive line / assistant recruiting coordinator, former Tampa Buccaneer and Chicago Bears assistant Tim Spencer as wide receivers coach / assistant special teams coordinator, former South Elgin (IL) and Niles North (IL) head coach Pat Pistorio as quarterbacks coach, former Chandler (AZ) and Alabama quality control assistant Karl Crawford as defensive ends coach, and former Ripon College (D-III - WI) player Ryan Newman as a wide receivers coach.

Bobby Bowden: The legendary Florida State head coach passed over the weekend, leaving an incredible legacy behind.

East Central (D-II - OK): Former Chicago Bears fullback JD Runnels is the new running backs coach at East Central, and Brandon Lenny has also joined the staff, per source,

Norfolk State (FCS - LA): Ryan Myers, who previously served in a quality control role for XFL Dallas, has been accepted the quarterbacks job on staff, per source. is the new RB coach at East central in Ada Oklahoma as well as Brandon Lenny.

Saban and Bowden: Nick Saban reflects on Bowden's classy phone call to him as a grieving 22-year old where one coaching icon offered another a job on his staff.

Coffeyville CC (JC - KS): Coffeyville Community College has an immediate opening for a Defensive Assistant Coach. This is an entry level position that includes housing, meals, and health insurance. Payment will be through working in the dorms. Hudl and Microsoft Excel experience Preferred. Bachelors Required. Must be able to clear a background check. Send Resumes to dobler.nick@coffeyville.edu.

Arizona Cardinals: Per source, defensive line private trainer Brandon Jordan is working with the Arizona Cardinals as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship. Brandon has trained a number of NFL players such as Von Miller, Gerald McCoy, Bud Dupree, and Cam Hayward.